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Conrad Crisafulli helped Harold Clough set up one of Perth's first venture capital funds.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.

Mr Crisafulli had been an adviser and director of multiple technology companies, including as commercial director of QPSX Communications through the 1990s.

This was an early example of R&D from Perth universities being successfully commercialised in the global market.

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I worked with Conrad when he was a young engineer with the State Energy Commission, now Western Power; he was an exceptionally brilliant engineer. His name is on the honour roll at Aquinas College for academic excellence, which I brought to the attention of my grandson on grandparents day in May of this year.

Perth
I had the pleasure of working with Conrad during his time at Curtin while working on Virtual Observer. He was a very genuine, positive and knowledgeable influence. He will be missed.

I have fond memories of working with Conrad in the R&D Department at Curtin, under Professor Barney Glover. A true gentleman, with outstanding intellect.

Wariwck
I was honoured and blessed to have been Conrad's sweetheart and wife for 44-plus years. Our journey together was joyous and harmonious. At Conrad's request there has been no funeral, but with his blessing we will celebrate his inspiring life on what would have been his 67th birthday August 19 at the UWA Dolphin Theatre at 3.30 pm. The celebration is open to all who had the pleasure of knowing this exceptional, talented and gracious man.

Castle Hill NSW Australia
So sorry to hear of the passing of Conrad Crisafulli. I first met Conrad when I was director of research and innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney. He was a valued colleague. My condolences to his family and friends.

East Perth
I met you 45 years ago Conrad and thank you for the many good times working together in those early years as engineers in the power industry. You were truly a gentleman at all times, an outstanding intellect and family man. God bless.

Perth
So extremely saddened and sorry to hear of the passing of Conrad Crisafulli. I remember him as a young engineer working at The State Energy Commission of W.A. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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